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The claim was just one moment of controversy in the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

Mar 22, 2021

The former official who issued the licence for the Sussexes wedding has rejected Meghans claim that the royal couple married in secret three days before their public union in Windsor.
Stephen Borton, the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, told The Sun that Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed after she made the claim in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
She told the chat show host that the Archbishop of Canterbury had married the pair in their backyard three days before their royal wedding at St Georges Chapel in Windsor.
It was thought it could not have been a legal ceremony as it lacked witnesses and a registered venue, and was instead likely to have been an informal exchange of vows.
Mr Borton said: They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Special Licence I helped draw up enabled them to marry at St Georges Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on May 19, 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognised by the Church of England and the law.
What I suspect they did was exchange some simple vows they had perhaps written themselves, and which is fashionable, and said that in front of the Archbishop or, and more likely, it was a simple rehearsal.
Oprah Winfrey interviews Duke and Duchess of Sussex / PA Wire
The newspaper also printed a certified copy of an entry marriage document for the couple which was dated May 19, 2018, and bore the names of Charles and Meghans mother Doria Ragland as witnesses.
The wedding development was just one revelation in the Winfrey interview,  with Meghan and Harry accusing an unnamed member of the royal family not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh of raising concerns about how dark their son Archies skin tone would be before he was born.
The duke also said that none of his relatives spoke out in support of Meghan following the racism he said she faced in the media, with the duchess saying she suffered suicidal thoughts in response to the attacks.
Buckingham Palace previously said the issues raised in Harry and Meghans interview, especially over race, were concerning and would be addressed by the Queen and her family privately.